DWF unveils new head of Scottish employment practice
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Ann Frances Cooney

DWF has announced the appointment of Ann Frances Cooney as the new leader of the firm’s Scottish employment practice based in Glasgow.

Cooney arrives from Addleshaw Goddard, where she was a legal director and head of the Glasgow-based employment team, following a decade of practice at DLA Piper.

The arrival of Cooney at DWF follows the departure of former Scottish employment head and partner Michael McLaughlin for Shoosmiths in July 2020.

“DWF's strong national identity and a clear global presence is definitely a key attraction to joining the business,” Cooney said. “My experience and drive, together with DWF's reputation in the market, will allow me to create a thriving employment practice in Scotland.”

An experienced litigator, Cooney has particular expertise in workforce restructuring, industrial relations, restrictive covenants, board and c-suite severance negotiations and settlement agreements, employment fraud, global mobility, discrimination and disciplinary, as well as performance and ill-health management.

At DWF, Cooney will continue to service a client base that includes several PLCs, banks and financial institutions, public-sector employers, and SMEs.

Commenting on Cooney’s appointment, Joanne Frew, DWF’s UK head of employment, said: “I am delighted that Ann Frances is joining DWF to lead our employment practice in Scotland.

“Her experience and reputation in the market aligns with our business’ deep pedigree in supporting clients through a huge range of employment matters. I look forward to working closely with Ann Frances and establishing a successful team in Scotland.”